Many people think of plastic surgery as being something indulged in by rich, aging socialites who want to recapture their lost glory days. But the truth is that this field is a crucial part of the modern medical system. Plastic and reconstructive surgery play a crucial role in the rehabilitation and restoral to health of patients who have suffered crippling injuries and debilitating diseases. It can give patients who have lost all hope, due to bad circumstances, a new lease on life.
Perhaps no one has contributed more to this important field than Dr. Rod Rohrich. Dr. Rohrich was a somewhat unlikely candidate to become one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the world. He grew up in the most rural stretches of North Dakota, amid landscapes that had changed little since the time when they were ruled over by the Lakota Sioux warriors. Plains and cornfields stretch as far as the eye can see, and in many counties, cattle outnumber people.
But Dr. Rohrich wasn’t satisfied with the slow, easygoing lifestyle of North Dakota. After graduating from North Dakota State with a graduate degree in biology, he was accepted to Baylor University’s Medical School. There, he quickly distinguished himself as an excellent student, graduating, four years later, with the highest honors.
He applied to and was accepted into the University of Michigan Medical Center’s residency program. While there, he learned his trade quickly. He decided to specialize in facial reconstruction surgery, a branch of plastic surgery that deals more with the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered horrendous accidents. Dr. Rohrich was interested in the power of plastic surgery to give patients who were dealt a tough hand a new chance at a fulfilling life. He later completed residencies at Oxford University’s medical school in England as well as a stint at the Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts.
All the while he had distinguished himself as one of the most capable plastic surgeons of his generation. He was eventually recruited by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he quickly rose through the ranks.
Dr. Rohrich went on to have one of the most impressive careers of any plastic surgeon in the United States. He has presented over 900 scientific talks at various medical forums and has authored over 300 published scientific papers. He has also authored more than 30 chapters in medical textbooks and is credited with the invention of dozens of unique, life-saving procedures.
The Capitol Anesthesiology Association, based in Austin, TX and established in 1973, is one of the nation’s largest practices specializing solely in anesthesiology. CAA boasts a staff of over 80 Medical Doctors and 130 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, all working together to provide exceptional care to more than 20 medical facilities in the greater Austin area.
Capitol Anesthesiology Association offers a wide range of services to meet community needs. General anesthesia is used during extensive surgeries, usually in regions such as the chest, heart, or brain. Regional anesthesia is used to alleviate localized pain, both during and after an operation. CAA also offers specialized services such as obstetric anesthesia to ease the pain of mothers in labor, and cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia, necessary for cardiac surgery.
Long supporters of their local community, CAA staff engage in various philanthropic pursuits, with many practitioners donating their skills and time to nonprofit groups that benefit the disadvantaged. The charities they support include Austin Smiles, a nonprofit working to provide reconstructive plastic surgery to the children of central Texas. They also provide care to the Family Eldercare organization, which provides essential services to adults and seniors with disabilities. Their philanthropy also extends to several other wonderful nonprofits, including (but not limited to) Eeels on Wheels, Operation Smile, and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation.
Surgery is a stressful experience to go through for both adults and children. Even if you have gone through a surgery before, the thought of having to do it again can be very overwhelming. It is important to have a competent and experienced surgeon completing your procedure, but not many people give thought to the anesthesiologist that will be administering the anesthesia and pain medication prior, during and post surgery. Capitol Anesthesiology has a number of qualified and experienced professionals on their staff that are well versed in different methods of pain relief and anesthesia for both adults and children. Each patient’s case is given much thought and the proper plan is used for a safe surgery.
There are three major types of anesthesia that can be used depending on what the procedure is and what it entails. For a more serious or intricate type of surgery, general anesthesia is the most popular option as it ensures a patient will be immobile and unable to interrupt what is going on in the operating room. Regional anesthesia works best when less monitoring is needed but still the patient needs to be able to remain motionless. Thirdly, when a procedure is going to be shorter in duration or is not very severe, local anesthesia is preferred and used as often as possible to improve the outcome of the patient and shorten the recovery period.
The patient’s well being physically and mentally is the most important goal of not only a surgeon but also an anesthesiologist. Proper sedation is beneficial on both ends of the spectrum and crucial for overall success.
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